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Taslima Aktar

Taslima Aktar

Research Associate

taslima.41@bracu.ac.bd

Taslima Aktar is a research professional who has joined BIGD as Research Associate. She is currently working with Gender and Social Transformation cluster at Gender Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) program. She started her career in research at BIGD as a Research Assistant in 2018. She also worked at Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) as Research Officer. Her last appointment was as a Research Assistant in Centre for Injury Prevention and Research (CIPRB). She has completed her BSS and MSS in Anthropology from Jahangirnagar University. Her Master’s thesis was on “Migration of Bangladeshi Women at Gulf Countries as Domestic Worker and The Discourse of Economic Development.”

Taslima’s areas of interest include research and development, women empowerment and early childhood development.

Report

Adolescent Girls’ Vulnerabilities and Transitions in the Context of COVID-19

Date: 2022

Author(s): Sultan, Maheen; Aktar, Taslima; Rahman, Khandker Wahedur; Pabony, Nuha Annoor; Noshin, Maliha; Nath, Shravasti Roy; Labib, Mahir; Islam, Md Zahirul; Kabir, Farhana; Huq, Lopita; Hossain, Md Rakib; Chowdhury, Kabita; Arman, Md Raied; Antara, Iffat Jahan; Mamun, Saklain Al

Topic(s): Social Transformation

Publisher: BIGD

Working Paper

Livelihood Transitions and Coping With Shocks: Women in the Ready-Made Garment (RMG) Sector Coping With COVID-19

Date: 2022

Author(s): Kabeer, Naila; Huq, Lopita; Aktar, Taslima; Mamun, Saklain Al; Alam, Afsana; Nath, Shravasti Roy; Sultana, Razia

Topic(s): COVID-19, Social Transformation

Publisher: BIGD

Working Paper

Livelihood Transitions of Women Workers During COVID-19: Domestic Workers in Dhaka

Date: 2021

Author(s): Kabeer, Naila; Huq, Lopita; Aktar, Taslima; Mamun, Saklain Al; Alam, Afsana; Nath, Shravasti Roy; Sultana, Razia

Topic(s): COVID-19, Social Transformation

Publisher: BIGD

Policy Brief

Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on Adolescents in Urban Slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Date: 2020

Author(s): Ria, Alvira Farheen; Raha, Samira Ahmed; Rana, Sajib; Roy, Prantik; Aktar, Taslima; Mamun, Saklain Al; Anik, Mehedi Hasan; Alam, Farhana

Topic(s): Cities, Social Transformation, COVID-19

Publisher: Gender & Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE)

Climate Change, Disasters, and Gender-Based Violence: An Overview of Bangladesh’s Policies Status

Climate Change, Disasters, and Gender-Based Violence: An Overview of Bangladesh’s Policies Status

In recent years, the frequency and intensity of natural disasters have surged due to climate change, disproportionately affecting vulnerable populations, especially women and girls. According to UN Environment, 80% of those displaced by climate change are women, exacerbating their physical and socioeconomic vulnerabilities, including heightened risks of gender-based violence (GBV). Studies reveal alarming increases in abuse during natural disasters; for instance, 71% of women in Bangladesh reported increased abuse during floods, with physical violence affecting over half. Post-disaster environments further expose women to risks like sexual assault and trafficking, as seen in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan and Cyclone Sidr. These issues underline the urgent need for gender-sensitive policies and actions to protect women during environmental crises. As we observe World Environment Day, it's crucial to raise awareness about the gendered impacts of climate change and advocate for robust protections for women and girls in disaster-prone areas.

How home-based childcare facilities support women’s workforce engagement in low-income areas of Dhaka city

How home-based childcare facilities support women’s workforce engagement in low-income areas of Dhaka city

In Korail slum, working mothers like Nasima rely on home-based childcare for economic survival. Yet, our research reveals these facilities lack safety and developmental support for children. BRAC's initiative aims to transform them into quality centers, empowering caregivers and advocating for national policies that prioritize childcare as a fundamental right for both children and working mothers.

The Veil as Armour: Observations From the Clarissa Project

The Veil as Armour: Observations From the Clarissa Project

BIGD's study in Hazaribagh, Bangladesh, sheds light on the use of veils by 10-14-year-old girls as a protective measure against harassment, revealing the intersection of societal norms, patriarchy, and child labour challenges.

Livelihood Transitions and Coping with Shocks: Women in the Domestic Service Sector Coping with COVID-19

Status: Completed

Researcher(s): Lopita Huq, Taslima Aktar, Saklain Al Mamun

Topic(s): COVID-19, Gender Justice

Livelihood Transitions and Coping with Shocks: Women in the RMG Sector Coping with COVID-19

Status: Completed

Researcher(s): Lopita Huq, Taslima Aktar, Saklain Al Mamun

Topic(s): COVID-19, Gender Justice

Impact Evaluation of an Adolescent Student Program in Bangladesh

Status: Ongoing

Researcher(s): Maheen Sultan, Lopita Huq, Pragyna Mahpara, Saklain Al Mamun, Taslima Aktar

Topic(s): Gender Justice, Skills and Jobs, Social Transformation

Safe Road for Women and Girls: Lesson Learnt From an Intervention of BRAC

Status: Completed

Researcher(s): Maheen Sultan, Saklain Al Mamun, Taslima Aktar, Kabita Chowdhury

Topic(s): BRAC Programs, Gender Justice, Social Transformation

New Forms of Adolescent Voice and Agency Through the Use of Mobile Phones and ICT

Status: Completed

Researcher(s): Maheen Sultan, Lopita Huq, Pragyna Mahpara, Taslima Aktar, Saklain Al Mamun, Kabita Chowdhury

Topic(s): Digitization, Gender Justice, Social Transformation

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